Radio Presenters prepare and present news, sports or other information, conduct interviews, and introduce music, performances and special events on radio.

Specialisations: Disc Jockey (Radio), Talkback Host, Tourism Radio Presenter.

You can work as a Radio Presenter without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in broadcasting or technical equipment training might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Researches and prepares for programmes and interviews.
  • Prepare scripts.
  • Operates studio equipment.
  • Introduces programmes, music, entertainment items, guests and celebrities.
  • Hosts talkback shows.
  • Interviews people.
  • Reads news, sports or weather reports.
  • Provides a commentary on live sporting or other events.
  • Presents opinions on sports, politics, social and economic matters.
  • Organises and presents on-air competitions.
  • Makes community announcements.
  • Reads advertisements.
  • Presents advertisement interviews (advertorials) with advertising clients.
  • Meets with clients to discuss advertorials.
  • Hosts outside events such as community events and competitions.

More about Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters

All Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters

  • $2,099 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Radio Presenters

  • 1,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 48% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Radio Presenters (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,000 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Radio Presenters work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (48%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications58.0
Arts and Recreation Services26.8
Accommodation and Food Services8.2
Financial and Insurance Services2.8
Other Industries4.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRadio PresentersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.531.6
VIC20.925.6
QLD22.920.0
SA7.47.0
WA11.210.8
TAS2.12.0
NT2.41.0
ACT1.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRadio PresentersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.7-5.05.0
20-2412.3-9.39.3
25-3427.3-22.922.9
35-4422.4-22.022.0
45-5419.2-21.621.6
55-595.6-9.09.0
60-644.7-6.06.0
65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationRadio PresentersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree21.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.1-21.121.1
Year 1232.9-18.118.1
Year 115.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below10.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Radio Presenter without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in broadcasting or technical equipment training might be helpful.

Membership with Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with a variety of people and work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Communications and Media

    76% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  2. English Language

    74% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    68% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Telecommunications

    55% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3011.00 - Radio and Television Announcers.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    97% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Frequency of Decision Making

    94% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  4. Impact of Decisions

    94% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

  5. Time Pressure

    94% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3011.00 - Radio and Television Announcers.

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